No one can give warning to India: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh

No one can give a warning to India, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday, a day after China objected to India building road along the border.

“No one can give a warning to India. India is a powerful nation now,” the home minister said on the sidelines of the 30th Raising Day ceremony of the National Security Guards (NSG) in Manesar, on the outskirts Delhi.

“As far as China is concerned, both countries should sit together and discuss the issues,” he said.

China on Wednesday said India should not take any action that may complicate the situation in disputed border areas.

The remarks come in the wake of comments made on Tuesday by India’s minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju that there were plans to construct a 2,000-km-long road along the international border between Mago-Thingbu in Tawang district and Vijaynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

India’s concerns arise out of extensive road, rail air network developed by China in Tibet which could play pivotal in moving the troops and equipment at a greater speed in the rugged Himalayan region.

Besides extensive highways, China’s rail network came close to Sikkim border and Beijing has announced plans to build a new rail network up to Nyingchi which is close to the border of Arunachal Pradesh.

China has build about five airports in the Tibet region. Beijing asserts that the infrastructure development is part of efforts to develop remote parts of Tibet.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as a part of Southern Tibet and disputes McMohan line.

Chinese position is that the border dispute is confined to 2,000km mostly on Arunachal Pradesh where as India asserts that the dispute covered the western side of the border spanning to about 4,000 km.

The two countries have held 17 rounds of special representative talks so far to resolve the boundary dispute.

The issue also figured during last month’s talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to India.

The two leaders agreed to make efforts to resolve the border dispute at the earliest.

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